Lizel Strömberg

Visiting miradouros in Portugal
 
Miradouro is a Portuguese word for vantage-point. When Linnéa and I were doing research of different locations we wanted to visit during our trip to Portugal, we found out there were lots of different vantage-points in Lisbon to get a great view of the city from a higher point. The options were many which forced us to make a selection of places that made us more interested to see since the limited time we had. 
We took the metro to the station "Martim Moniz" where we would take the tram to the first vantage-point named "Miraduoro da Graça". We had some difficulties to understand how to take the tram since we didn't really understood how the schedule of the tram was setup. Unfortunately there wasn't any signs on how many stops it would be to get where we wanted on the tram. We board one of the trams which we thought would get us to the location and looked on the google map to try to find out how far we needed to go.
The tram rides were a bit shaky as these streets and trams were some of the oldest ones in the city. There where several signs telling people to be aware that there can be a lot of pickpockets on these trams. While being on the tram another obstacle appeared. Suddenly the tram didn't moved at all, first we didn't got any information. The driver went outside to see what was going on and when we looked out of the window there would be one tram in front of us and two behind us. The driver came back and told us that we couldn't get further as the tram in front of us was stuck and couldn't move because a car had parked right before a corner.
The drivers, the people walking passed us and some of the people working in the nearby shops tried to see if they could find the owner of the car but without any success. It was funny how no one really was that bothered about the situation, some would be a bit irritated but nothing major. The drivers of the trams would make jokes and asking if the passengers would help him carry the car away. Haha. We were not worried at all as the vibe didn't get intense. After a while, we left the tram and decided to walk the rest of the way as it seemed like the traffic wouldn't move in a very long time.
It was actually very nice walking around the streets of Lisbon. Consider the fact that Linnéa and I visited Portugal in the beginning of July, I was prepared that there would be a lot of tourists taking a vacation there at the same time as us. In our surprise, it was not as crowded as I thought it would be. We for sure saw a lot of tourists everywhere but it wasn't that tight of space. You would be completely fine walking on the streets and not feeling cabined. 
We arrived at "Miradouro da Graça" and we got to see a very nice view of the city. I think it was around 6pm on a Sunday, not a lot of shops were open and not that many locals on the streets. 
We stayed for a bit, took some shots and rested our legs a bit before we started walking again. Our next destination was "Miradouro de Santa Luiza" as we realized it wasn't too far away from us. We couldn't figure out how to take the tram and since we hadn't seen any trams in a while, we guessed the traffic hadn't started moved again. Because of that, we walked to the next vantage-point.
Walking to the other location took a lot more time than I think it probably should because we ended up stopping at different streets as we saw interesting buildings, shops or art on the way. I loved walking around the city, seeing the architecture and feel the vibe of another country.
The second location "Miradouro de Santa Luiza" were a bit more crowded as I think it's one of the most popular and common sight seeing locations for tourists to visist in Lisbon. It was a bit tricky to capture a good photo at this point without having too many people in the shot, but as we didn't had another place to be at, I could take the time to wait for that perfect moment
There were these street artists playing music nearby and I really enjoyed listening to them as they were playing Portuguese songs. I haven't been listening to a lot of Portuguese music so it was a nice change to getting to hear something new. These kids were there playing with each other in front of the street artists but also be sitting there listening to them play and sing. They were so cute so I had to take a photograph of them. 
It was very nice going to these vantage-points and being able to take your time to look around your surroudings, take the pictures we wanted and sit down for a bit. It was very cool seeing how Lisbon looked like from another perspective, to see all the colourful houses and realize how big of a city it actually is. At "Miradouro de Santa Luiza" there were also some kind of garden there outside of a church which had a lot of beautiful flowers. 
Nearby we also found a pool which I don't know if they actually use but it was there and had this beautiful tree next to it. 
I've been traveling a lot with my family and it has been lot of fun. But I really enjoyed traveling with Linnéa and not feeling as stressed out than usual. In this way, we could decide for ourself of what we want to do and not think too much about other people, that we only the two of us to make up plans for. If we wanted to take a moment to take photos we could and if we wanted to continue to walk, we could do that. Having a walk like this isn't something that I usually do but I really enjoyed it and it was lovely seeing something new. 
I highly recommend you to visit these vantage-points "Miraduoro da Graça" and "Miraduoro da Santa Luiza". We had a list of probably 5-7 other places we wanted to go to but these two were the only ones we were able to visit. If we get the opportunity to visit Portugal again, I would definitely try to go to the locations we didn't had time to visit. 
 
This was it for this time, I really hope you enjoyed this post! I'm very happy about these photos, I'm proud over what I managed to capture as this kind of photography isn't what I tend to create on a regular basis. More photographs from our trip to Portugal will be coming soon but until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
5 Reasons to attend Göteborgs Kulturkalas
 
Göteborgs Kulturkalas is just around the corner! This year the festival takes place 14th - 19th of August. In this post you will get to know 5 Reasons to attend Göteborgs Kulturkalas and some recommendations of what you should see and what to think about when attending it.
 
(This event is totally free of admission, the only fee you need to pay is for everything that are for sale during the markets and food places.)
For those who are not familiar to Göteborgs Kulturkalas, it's a festival that takes place every year in the middle of August in Gothenburg for 6 days. It's one of the biggest culture festivals in Scandinavian. There's lots of different activities around the city of Gothenburg. You can experience everything from workshops for dance, crafts, art to seeing movies, theathers and to hear different kinds of music. At the festival there's also plenty of opportunities to experience new food from all the corners of the world. Here's 5 reasons of why you should attend Göteborgs kulturkalas:
 
1. Learn new things:
During Kulturkalaset, there's a lot of opportunities to learn something new. You can find different kinds of workshops through out the event. For example, last year we came across Twisted Feet Family, a dance acedemy who were teaching people how to dance. You can also create art, different crafts and even learn how to do origami. Another particular skill you can get to experience and get introduce to is various martial arts. 
 
2. Taste new food!
Kulturkalaset has all different kinds of food cultures throughout the festival area. If you ever wanted to experience a new kind of food, there's lots of opportunities to do so at this event. You can find various dishes, desserts and treats to taste. To name a few of the many different cultures/countries that are represented on the scene, here are some: Thailand, France, Poland, Germany, Spain, Turkey and one of the most recent additions is African food. Mind that, a lot of these food stands only can take cash and some of them use "Swish". The average price for a portion of food is around 50kr (4,60€/5,30 USD) to 80-90kr, almost never over 100kr. 
One thing I will let you have in mind when thinking about buying food is that it can get very crowded, specially around 12-1pm or 4-6pm since around that time a lot of Swedes usually go and eat. I would recommend you to visit "International Street Market" which is usually placed at Gustav Adolfs Torg. You can find numerous of different kinds of food but also handmade crafts. The people there are very friendly and are happy to help you out if needed. Most of the pictures in this post of food and the people working with it are actually from that market. 
 
3. Experience new cultures!
You can experience many different cultures at the festival regardless if it's when you buy food, seeing different performances or taking part of the activities in the program. One of the biggest events during the festival is the "Hammarkullekarnevalen" which is a big parade (carneval) which shows the traditional side of the clothing, music and dance of the Latin community. It's a very nice parade with lots of colours, smiling faces and fun! I highly recommend you to see this parade as it's one of the last things happening during the Kulturkalas. 
The parade usually begins around 1pm at the top of "Avenyn" by "Götaplatsen" and walks down to "Kungsportsplatsen" which makes it able for people to watch it anywhere down along the way of "Avenyn". It gets very crowded as many people wants to see the parade. If you want to get a good spot to be able to see everything I would recommend you to make sure to be there in time. 
 
4. Listen to various music!
One of the main reasons why people attend Kulturkalaset is to see and experience the concerts and street performances that happens around the streets of Göteborg. If you are a fan of Swedish pop, I highly recommend  you to check out Kulturkalaset and to see what it offers. Because every year, there's lots of artists performing both locals, mainstream artists in Sweden and international artists from different parts of the world. There are numerous stages such as "Kungsportsplatsen", "Kajskjul 8", "Bältespännaparken" and "Götaplatsen". The music that gets performed on the festival isn't only pop, but also dansband, hip hop, classical and more! On the last day of the festival it ends with RIX FM Festival. It's always a lot of people on these concerts.
If you are a fan of a particular artist and wants to que to get a spot, that's totally fine. People come and go as the day goes by, and even if people come there to start queing before you, it's not always certain that they will be there for the whole day. If there are numerous concerts happening on the same stage during the day, what you could do is to ask the people in front of you who they are there to see. If they happen to be there to someone else than what you have planned you can come up with a deal and change places so you can get front row for that particular artists you want to. I can't promise this will work but it's just an idéa and something I've done myself in previous years. 
 
5. With EuroPride, the event is bigger than ever!
Something that is different this year from previous years is that Göteborgs Kulturkalas has a collaboration with EuroPride which makes the festival even bigger than ever! EuroPride arrange workshops, lectures, spread well needed information/help to the LGBTQ community but also information to everyone else about the work they do, to decrease the prejudice and discrimination that the LGBTQ comminty face in everyday life. I fully support Pride and the LGBTQ community, I think it's important that these festivals are there. I like that the Pride festivals can create an event and venue for people to feel welcome no matter which sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity you have. You are welcome as long as you don't have the attention to harm anyone.
I'm looking forward getting to experience Europride for the first time and to see all the coloruful people that will be there. I will do my part in showing my support to the LGBTQ community with sharing photos from this event. It's not much but that's what I can do for the moment. 
With this being said, be careful out there. It will be crowded in the city during this event, even more so because it's bigger this year. Stay hydrated, be nice to one and other and look out for each other. One thing you should have in mind is that the public tranportation can be limited because of all the construction work and can be a bit of a hassle to take but you can always ask someone for help.
That was it for my 5 reasons why you should attend Göteborgs Kulturkalas. I will be on set to photograph the festivities around Göteborg all week. If you happen to be there and you see me, you are more than welcome to come ad say hi. Also if you know there will be an artist performing that you would want me to photograph, don't hesitate to reach out to me and let me know. I will have it in consideration when make plans. I will try to do most of this event, create content I will be proud over, get new contacts but also have a nice time with my friends experiencing the event. 
 
If you want to read more about Göteborgs Kulturkalas and look through the program, you can find all the information at: https://goteborgskulturkalas.se/
(The information is available in english too for those who wants that.)
Make sure to follow me on my Instagram to catch the latest updates from Göteborgs Kulturkalas and to get a bit of an insight of how things looks like on set. You can find me at @LIZELSTROMBERG. There will be lots of other updates before the festival takes place if you want to get to know what I'm up to. 
 
 

Earlier this week, I went to Slottskogen to attend Diggiloo which is one of Sweden’s biggest shows. It was my first time seeing the show and I was very excited to be getting the opportunity to photograph it. There were lots of well known artists performing such as Charlotte Perrelli, Tommy Nilsson, David Lindgren and Mariette. I really enjoy watching the show and to hear all of the well known songs from these recent years but also from the past. If you want to get a glimpse of the show, go on my profile to see my saved stories. 📲 • • This photograph is of Marika Carlson (comedian), Ida Redig and Ola Salo. One of the things I really liked about the show was how their different outfits matched well together with the colour scheme of the stage for the various songs. My full blog post with more photographs from the show will be coming within a week. Stay tuned! 📸✨

Ett inlägg delat av Lizel Strömberg 🇵🇭🇸🇪 (@lizelstromberg) 28 Jul 2018 kl. 1:07 PDT

 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
 
First time in Portugal
Taking a trip abroad is always nervousing but yet very exciting, no matter where you are going. My friend Linnéa and I, have been saving money for a couple of years to be able to take a vacation and visit a new country. Deciding which country to visit was very tricky and knowing what kind of city would fit best for our plans of exploring a new culture
There were a lot of options and after a lot of deciding we ended up booking a trip to Portugal. We hadn’t heard a lot of things about the country or the people but we thought it would be fun to visit Lisbon as it isn’t the first option for tourists to visit. 
As for the people who follow me on my Instagram know what a hassle it was for us to even leave Sweden because of cancelled flights, rebooking and accidentally mistakes. We ended up getting to Lisbon two days after what we originally planned. 
The first night we spent in Lisbon we only went out for dinner and got a bit familiar with our surroundings. This post will be about our first day in Portugal and visiting Oceanário de Lisboa and the harbor beside it. 
To be honest, I really dislike going to zoo or aquariums because I hate seeing how bad the conditions are for the animals in there. We ended up deciding to go there anyway since we thought it would be interesting to see how everything would be since Oceanário de Lisboa is the biggest aquarium in Europe. The aquarium was big with different levels with exhibitions and animals to see. Yet it felt like there wasn't that much to see. It was a bit sad to see the animals in that limited space they had.
One of the very few things that I liked about the Oceanario was the fact that they had a lot of information about recycling, what we are doing to destroy the enviroment and the life in the sea. They also gave information about how to decrease the littering we do and be better to help the enviroment. The information was presented for adults but also in a way for children to understand. Other than that, there wasn't that much to it. As I've been at several aquariums when I was younger, I don't think there was much more to this than I've already seen. But that's my opinion.  
Consider we already were by the aquarium, we decided to walk around the harbor to see the surroudings. It was lovely to walk around there and it wasn’t crowded with tourists. 
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By the harbor there are also a cable railway which you could take to see a glimpse of how things looks from above. We wanted to take the opportunity to take at least one way with it to experience the cable railway and to see things from another perspective. It was a bit scary because it would be a bit windy and even the most smallest movement would make the carrige start wobble. 
This photograph of me is taken by Linnéa on the dock to the aquarium. The wooden planks that we were walking on were very wobbling and it was a bit scary walking on them, specially if someone would step on the other end of the same plank as you and the weigh of the other person would make the plank move upwards. 😅
During our walk we also found some kind of garden with beautiful flowers and trees. As both Linnéa and I are time optimists, walking around the harbor probably took much longer than needed. We stopped by almost anything that we saw which took our interest enough for us to take photos or take the time to look at it. 
As we wanted to do the most out of our trip, we had more in plans to do that day. We wanted to go to the vantage-points in town to see the city from a different view. But those pictures will be coming in their own blog post. That was it for this post. I hope you enjoyed reading a bit of a story about our first day in Portugal. More photographs and stories to come. 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel